Summer Move Out Guide
Tips on Lessening Your Landfill Impact
A throwaway culture is spreading on college campuses across the United States each year as more and more students buy things at the beginning of the year, just to throw them away by summer break. Fortunately for us, there are numerous resources provided by Oregon State University and the Corvallis community for students and residents to properly resell, repurpose, and recycle unwanted items.
On & Off Campus
This year, students in residence halls have to be moved out within 24 hours after their last final, or by 7 p.m. on June 14, whichever comes first. Dealing with furniture is the last thing on a student’s mind during finals week, but it’s an important part of moving. OSU will be providing donation bins and education in order to donate as much as possible. With donations last year rounding out to over 32 thousand pounds, the goal this year of 31 thousand definitely seems achievable.
For off-campus residents, “The Great Move Out” will provide a collection center for lightly-used items on Friday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church.
While there are plenty of resources and services provided by OSU, there seems to be no data on where donated goods actually end up. Here are some tips for taking matters into your own hands to ensure maximum repurposing and sustainable recycling:
First and foremost, don’t put your stuff on the curb with a free sign. According to the student move out resources page, provided by the City of Corvallis, it’s expensive to leave your couch on the curb. The violation carries a fine of up to $2,500, which property managers can deduct from a service fee and your security deposit.
Furniture share, a non-profit organization makes it their mission to redistribute lightly-used furniture to those in need. They are happy to pick up your goods for a small fee of $30. According to their website, just last year, Furniture Share distributed 26,103 quality used furniture items to 4,983 individuals, diverting 652.57 tons from the landfill. This is the kind of data to look for when donating your belongings.
The Benton Habitat ReStore takes tax-deductible donations of household and construction items. For more info, click here.
For other items, The Corvallis Sustainability Coalition publishes a comprehensive list of local donation centers every year. Anything from toiletries and bedding, to bikes and even prescription medication is on the list, which details drop off locations for each category.
Sometimes items just aren’t good enough to donate or sell, so what then? Republic Services, Corvallis’ recycling center, located at 110 NE Walnut Boulevard, takes a long list of commingled recycling from cardboard and glass containers, to electronics and lightbulbs, all free of charge. For larger items that are no longer useful and can’t be recycled, a pick-up can be scheduled through Republic Services. Costs range from $30-$40 per item for couches and mattresses.
As for the countless cans of move-out beers, don’t forget about your local BottleDrop Redemption Center, located at 1111-B NW 9th St, where you can get some cash for your next case!
By: Laine Aswad